Inspired by Naoko Takahashi's 2000 Olympic marathon gold, she took up the sport and became a teen phenom but quit at age 25 after finishing 5th at Worlds. She's been drawn back as she likes to shop and wanted to buy a bag. Now she's hoping to medal in front of the home fans.
He seems to have Graves disease under control and is optimistic he can win a third Olympic medal in 2020 after finishing 5th at Worlds this year.
On what she'll miss most: "I think there’s this wonderful state of bliss and fatigue that is unlike anything when you’re in hard training. It’s almost this serene state that you get—almost zen—where you’re so tired, but it’s a happy tired."
"He nearly died as a competitive runner because he ran so hard. Did his competitive fire lead him to step over the edge of antidoping rules?"
Moen also goes into some interesting specifics on his training and progression as a distance runner.
"This sport can be lonely, but that’s not always a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong: when I’m training at altitude in Sestriere, Italy, barely speaking to anyone but my coach for months on end, you do question yourself just a little."
A few weeks after USAs, she passed out in a doctor's office. “The doctor told me I didn’t just have low iron, I essentially had no iron,” she says. “He wasn’t sure how I was functioning.”
*MB: Cool story: Anti-doping authorities sent Tianna Bartoletta an email letting her know she had a SERIOUS medical condition
It was a very tedious process getting back to real running after surgery, but Rupp is back to 85 "dry" miles a week (plus more on the underwater treadmill) and says retirement isn't on his mind.
*MB: Galen Rupp Tells Runner’s World the American Record and Gold Medal are still within Reach
Sieg Lindstrom explains how the splits aren't accurate and the presentation in the results are horrible. We definitely agree; when the NCAA and Penn Relays can get results formatted so well, why are the IAAF's so bad?
The article reveals that Kerley is easily the tallest and heaviest sub-44 man in history. He weighs more than 30 lbs more than anyone in the top 10 in the world right now.
This is the companion interview to the one with John Gregorek last month. This time hear from the younger half of this father-son sub-4 pair as Johnny shares a lot of interesting insights from his career.
Even if you'd get an 'F' in track history, if you ran high school then you probably remember Gammoudi from watching the Steve Prefontaine movies (Gammoudi was 2nd at the 1972 Munich Games).
"Even if I was well prepared, it’s difficult to explain the exact feelings. It was a mix of apprehension, fear and determination at the same time. I remember what our president in that time, Bourguiba, told me before I left for Mexico, ‘Bring me the gold and I will give you what you want.’ My answer was, ‘I’ll bring the gold and you’ll come with me to take it my childhood home,’ a small place in the south of Tunisia, called Sidi Aich. The desire of my mum was to see the President, and this was important for me. Both of us honored the promise, and there are no words to explain my happiness when I heard my national anthem on the top of the podium!"
Suhr also talks about her early career when Rick had remortgage his house and she had to work at a gas station making pizzas and cleaning toilets to make ends meet.
Originally Houlihan wsa just going to go for sub-15 in Heusden, but as the season progressed Jerry Schumacher steadily dropped the goal which forced Shalane Flanagan to "cram fitness" to be able to pace her.
"That was probably the most vivid race I’ve ever remembered. I remembered every step..."
"Good governance is a matter of unemotional decision making that advantages no particular side, rather elevates the general welfare. As such, just like the exploration to uncover a better competitive mousetrap never ends, so must the sport’s governors continue to maintain a competitive balance where the medal or prize money distinctions are to be found in the common human condition, not in their equipment, or pharmacological advantages much less choices."
“They probably thought I seemed a little strange. I really pushed on these other guys that I wanted to be their friend and help them,” Kendricks said. “I had an undefeated season last year, but what good is victory if you can’t share it?”
Windle talks about having a big family with nine Windles at Worlds last year, being "taken out of his element" by the commotion of his two European races and how his name is really Curt.
Get to know the woman who shocked the world in Boston as she talks about her 2nd place finish, as well as a lot of other highlights from her high school/college career. She also talks about balancing full-time nursing and training and plans for the future.
"Obviously he is a very gifted athlete, but he also trains very hard. That's sometimes a very hard combination for a coach to find. I truly believe that he has the ability to be a force in this sport for a very long time."